Henry Hitchings was born in 1974. He has written mainly about language and history, starting in 2005 with Dr Johnson's Dictionary - a biography of the first really good dictionary of English, and of its brilliant, eccentric creator, and followed by Dr Johnson's Guide to Life.
The Secret Life of Words (2008) won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award, as well as seeing him shortlisted for the title of Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. 2011's The Language Wars completed what was in effect a trilogy of books about language.
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